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I'm Rued Riis.

Having run several small businesses, including an animation agency, a publishing platform and a clothing blog, I now teach everything I learned on the way.

I pursue a dream of teaching courses online for a living. My students love the entertaining format and the information conveyed in the courses, and I think you will too.

In my most popular course called 'Go Beyond Vyond', I guide you through the preparation, production and fine-tuning of an animation video and the tips, tricks and hacks I used to produce more than 300 videos for small business, large corporations and everything in between.

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I used nothing but Vyond to produce these videos for clients that previously paid large amounts of money to have more traditional animation studios spend 100s of hours in more traditional tools like Adobe AfterEffects.

Vyond is an online-based tool that looks basic at first glance, but can save you so much time and let you produce animations around just about anything - if you go beyond the basics. 


My course is structured into 4 sections, takes about 1,5 hours to complete, and you'll be fully equipped to produce high-quality videos after taking the course - for your own small business, for paying clients or just for plain fun.

I'll be teaching in an energetic and entertaining way, so you both learn a lot and have a good time taking my courses.

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My Vyond course will offer you:

• Fastest way to learn the basics of Vyond Studio

• Easy transition from learning to using key features and functionalities

• Step-by-step guidance through the creation of a full animation video

• Little-known hacks on how to make Vyond better and take your videos from good to great.


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The change that made it all possible

GoAnimate got a complete makeover and changed name to Vyond, and I love them for it. I have been using GoAnimate for years, and it's a great program - that just got so much better with their latest update; Vyond Studio. From the new, sleek timeline, real-time preview and keyboard shortcuts to the modern contemporary animation style, the optimized character creator and the speed of exporting - in this Vyond course, you will learn everything about this and much more.

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I divide this Vyond course into the following sections:

  1. Learn the Basics of Vyond Studio

  2. Create Your First Animation Video

  3. Go Beyond Vyond

  4. Advanced Pro Lessons

I look so much forward to sharing my knowledge with you.

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Rued

Lessons in Strong Scripts: How to Structure Videos that Work:

  1. 1 Welcome

    Objective: A quick welcome to the course from your teacher.

  2. 2 How Is The Course Structured?

    Objective: A brief explanation of what you can expect to find in this course.

  3. 3 Why I Know Script-Writing

    Objective: Hear how I got my knowledge on script writing and what you can learn from me.

  4. 4 What You Will Learn

    Objective: Understand what the outcome of this course will be in terms of things, you've learned.

  5. 5 Script as Foundation

    Objective: Understand why a written script works as a great video structure.

  6. 6 The Fish, The Better World and The USP Uzi

    Objective: Get a concrete understanding of different script templates, like The Fish, The Better World and The USP-Uzi

  7. 7 The Explainer Pyramid

    Objective: Learn how to have a great production process through a visualisation called The Explainer Pyramid

  8. 8 ASAP Principle

    Objective: Learn to write a script that is As Simple As Possible - but not simpler.

  9. 9 AHA Moments

    Objective: Spot AHA moments and use them to make the viewer's penny drop.

  10. 10 Benefits vs. Features

    Objective: Understand and utilise the difference between features and benefits of your product/service.

  11. 11 Think Visually

    Objective: Learn to think about the visual side while writing the script.

  12. 12 Inner Dialogue

    Objective: Pin-point and address the most pressing questions, your customer is asking inside their minds.

  13. 13 Step-by-Step: The Fish

    Objective: Inspire your script writing with concrete examples of The Fish script - explained step-by-step.

  14. 14 Step-by-Step: The Better World

    Objective: Get some concrete examples of written scripts using The Better World structure.

  15. 15 Step-by-Step: The USP-Uzi

    Objective: A step-by-step walkthrough of how to write a script using the USP-Uzi scrip template.

  16. 16 3 Stakeholders of a Script

    Objective: Get an overview of the most important stakeholders of your script

  17. 17 Your Employer

    Objective: Get an overview of the most important stakeholders of your script

  18. 18 Your Voice Over

    Objective: Learn how to prepare your script for the voice-over

  19. 19 Your Viewer

    Objective: Learn how to present your script to your video as subtitles/captions while the video is playing.

  20. 20 Repetition

    Objective: A repetition of all the lessons in this course - presented in short texts and images.

  21. 21 Ressources

    Objective: Short-cut to some of the best resources on script writing.

  22. 22 Task

    Objective: Get your hands dirty by writing a script and send it in for review.

  23. 23 Next Steps

    Objective: Know where to go next with your newly acquired script writing skills.

Lessons in GarageBand Voiceovers: How to Produce Professional Voice-Overs:

  1. 1 Introduction to GarageBand Course

    Objective: Why do I use GarageBand? And why did I create this course?

  2. 2 Cut-down of Raw Sound-files

    Objective: A brief introduction to cutting down longer raw files to shorter quality voice overs ready for next round of editing. We remove breathing, learn about timing and look into processes around faster sound work.

  3. 3 Tweaking timing in a Fine Cut

    Objective: In this lesson, we are refining the raw cut by listening back to the track once again. This time around, we are listening for the context; is the timing right between the sentences, which parts belong closer together, and how do we leave enough room for the animations that will follow in the video production afterwards.

  4. 4 Noise-reduction using Automation

    Objective: Now we are getting down into the details of noise reduction, as we start using Automation for controlling the volume levels throughout or voice-over. We look into how to clean up endings and beginnings of individual sound bites, how to lower the volume on breathing sounds, and how to round of your track nicely with a fade-out to complete silence.

  5. 5 Short Note on Equalizer and Compression

    Objective: Here's a brief touch-down on how to master your voice-over in GarageBand. We are running through the basics of equalization, compression and how to go deeper into more advanced settings, if that's what you want to do. I've also included some presets for you to download, if you just want to get started with a basic configuration - ready to go.

  6. 6 Exporting your Finished Voice-Over

    Objective: You've created a great sounding voice-over, and now it's time for exporting it out of GarageBand. There are a few basic settings to know before hitting that Export button, and in this lesson, we'll cover the most import ones.

  7. 7 How to Get Good Voice-Overs on Fiverr

    Objective: Learn how you get good and cheap voice-overs from the freelance platform Fiverr.com.

  8. 8 Why is my own voice-over not perfect?

    Objective: This is the reason why my own voice-overs for this course aren't worked to perfection.

  9. 9 Free Sound Template 1

  10. 10 Free Sound Template 2

Lessons in Go Beyond Vyond: How to Make Animated Videos that Work:

  1. 1 Teaser: Go Beyond Vyond with Rued C. Riis

    Objective: Get an overview of what this course is covering. This is just a teaser to let you know what the curriculum will contain.

  2. 2 Introduction to Section 1

    Objective: A short introduction to Section 1, before we jump right into the first lessons on basic functionality. 

  3. 3 Create a New Video

    Objective: Learn how to get started with the Make a Video function, and what you need to know to get the best start.

  4. 4 Left side of the Editor

    Objective: We will take a look at what functionalities are available to you in the left side of the Vyond Studio Editor.

  5. 5 Right side of the Editor

    Objective: We will take a look at what functionalities are available to you in the right side of the Vyond Studio Editor.

  6. 6 Mid section of the Editor

    Objective: We will take a look at what functionalities are available to you in the mid section of the Vyond Studio Editor.

  7. 7 When you Click a Prop

    Objective: Here, we will look at what options you get when you click a Prop.

  8. 8 When you Click a Character

    Objective: Here, we will look at what options you get when you click a Character.

  9. 9 Using Right Click Functions

    Objective: Right click functions are golden, and here we'll take a closer look at what each of them has to offer.

  10. 10 The Character Creator

    Objective: The Character Creator is a separate editor in Vyond Studio. Here, you can create highly customizable characters for you to use in your animation videos.

  11. 11 Get Started with Templates

    Objective: Templates are a great way to get a head start in creating your animation video. We will take a look at what's available and how to work with Templates.

  12. 12 First Look at the Timeline

    Objective: The Timeline is your chronological overview over all scenes and happenings. Using the Timeline is pretty easy, but you have to get to know your way around.

  13. 13 How to add Sound and Music

    Objective: Sound and Music is essential for creating mood and feel in your animation video. Background music ads an important layer to your video, and sound effects will highlight actions, transitions and more, whenever you feel like it. Let's take a look at how this is done.

  14. 14 Touching upon Camera Movement

    Objective: We will take a first look at how to use Camera Movement to create dynamics in a scene. Additionally, we will see how you can crop a scene using the Camera Movement functionality.

  15. 15 Get smart with Groups and Masks

    Objective: Masks and Groups are new and added functionalities that GoAnimate didn't have before it become Vyond. These functions are essential to get your head around, as they will make your work processes and creative freedom much better. 

  16. 16 Introduction to Section 2

    Objective: A brief introduction to what we are going to cover in Section 2 of Go Beyond Vyond.

  17. 17 Create and Adjust a new Character

    Objective: How to create a new character and adjust that character within a scene.

  18. 18 Setting the Stage

    Objective: How to use a Template as a point of departure in order to save time compared to building everything from scratch.

  19. 19 Get animating with Actions and Movement

    Objective: Learn how to use the built-in actions for characters and control objects using the Movement Path.

  20. 20 How to use Camera and Zoom

    Objective: A second look at how to use Camera Movement. This time, we'll dive a little deeper into the possibilities of cropping and moving the whole frame of a scene.

  21. 21 Work with Text and Enter Effects

    Objective: Learn how to add dialogue using text bubbles and Enter-effects to give the scene some life.

  22. 22 Add Music and Sound effects

    Objective: Learn how to add music from either the Vyond Library or from your own local library. We'll also look into Sound Effects and how to use them in combination with the visuals.

  23. 23 Export your Video

    Objective: Very importantly, you want to know how to export your video out of Vyond. We'll take a look at the different options and formats.

  24. 24 Introduction to Section 3

    Objective: A brief introduction to what we'll be covering in this 3rd section of Go Beyond Vyond.

  25. 25 Our Example Video

    Objective: This is the example video, we'll be using and referring back to here in Section 3.

  26. 26 How to Build your Script

    Objective: A few tips on how to structure the story-line of your video. Choose one key message, simplify the messaging and finish off with a strong call-to-action.

  27. 27 How to work with Voice-Overs

    Objective: Learn how to record voice-overs yourself or order them from freelance sites.

  28. 28 A Minute of Color Theory

    Objective: No matter if you create videos for yourself or a client, you need to know a bit of color theory to end out with a professional result.

  29. 29 Professional use of Styles and Effects

    Objective: Some thoughts on how to mix the different styles in a professional way. And tips on how to tone down the use of effects to make the video more sleek.

  30. 30 Steer the Eye with Hierarchy

    Objective: How to use visual hierarchy to lead the viewer's eyes. A bit of design knowledge is needed here to understand some basic rules and concepts that will increase the value of your video.

  31. 31 Sleek use of Camera and Camera Movement

    Objective: Here's how to make subtle use of the functionalities of Camera and Camera Movement. Remember, less is more, and in this lesson, you'll learn how to take control of this effect.

  32. 32 Element Sizes and Scene Composition

    Objective: How to align sizes of video elements and compose the scene in a natural way. Another lesson on how to control the functionalities in a way that makes them work for you, not against you.

  33. 33 Grab attention with Variation and Tempo

    Objective: How to maintain a high pace, with a foundation on a strong storyboard and script that allows for frequent use of scene transitions and animated elements.

  34. 34 Introduction to Section 4

    Objective: Introduction to what we'll be covering of advanced tips and techniques in this final Section 4.

  35. 35 Custom Animation using Continue Last Scene

    Objective: How to use the 'Continue last scene' functionality to create custom animations.

  36. 36 Make Your Own Props from Shapes

    Objective: How to combine library Props to achieve new custom Props for you to use. This makes the possibilities of what you can create in Vyond limitless.

  37. 37 Pro Lesson: Custom Split Screens

    Objective: Split-screen is a classic concept, and it works greatly in Vyond too. Here's how you can make the best of the concept in Vyond.

  38. 38 Pro Lesson: Advanced Scene Dynamics

    Objective: We're adding yet another level to the use of Motion Paths and Camera Movement in this Pro Lesson.

  39. 39 Pro Lesson: Imitate Light and Shadow

    Objective: This Pro Lessons teaches you how to work with light and shadow, using standard props from Vyond's libraries.

  40. 40 Pro Lesson on Scene Transitions

    Objective: A Pro Lesson on how to hack Scene Transitions by creating your own custom animated effects to go from one scene to another.

  41. 41 Pro Lesson: Build Complex Scenes using Reverse Engineering

    Objective: Pro Lesson on how to build a complete scene, then deconstruct it and adding step-by-step animations. This reverse-engineering is an amazing skill to have when building complex scenes and layouts.

  42. 42 Pro Lesson: Bulk-change Props using Asset View

    Objective: Learn how to use Asset View to change the Editor into an overview of all assets in a scene. This makes you able to swap or delete entire groups of the same Prop - all in one sitting. It works like a "bulk correction tool", where you can make changes to multiple copies of the same Prop.multiple copies of the same Prop.

  43. 43 How to Align everything Perfectly?

    Objective: Learn how to use Size and Position numbers to make everything perfectly aligned, positioned and pleasing to the eye.

  44. 44 How to use the Template Library?

    Objective: Save time by using pre-built video templates from Vyond's own Template Library.

  45. 45 Which Voice-Over option to Use?

    Objective: Make characters talk by lip-syncing your voice-over to a specific person.

  46. 46 Thank you for taking this course

    Objective: A final word from Rued and a thanks for taking this course.

  47. 47 Next-Step: Strong Scripts

    Objective: Understand the logical next step for your skillset within video creation.

  48. 48 Bloopers and Outtakes

    Objective: Funny bloopers and outtakes resulting from recording this course :)

  49. 49 Inspirational Video on Custom Prop Builds

    Objective: Here's some of my examples of how you can build scenes and props based on a lot of simpler props. Hope this serves as inspiration of the boundless possibilities of Vyond.

  50. 50 Scan How Explainer

    Objective: An example of a video, we created in Vyond for a client called Scan How.

  51. 51 SustainBase Explainer

    Objective: An example of a video, we created in Vyond for a client called SustainBase.

  52. 52 DynamicTemplate Explainer

    Objective: An example of a video, we created in Vyond for a client called DynamicTemplate.

  53. 53 Omnio Explainer

    Objective: An example of a video, we created in Vyond for a client called Omnio.

  54. 54 TAXA Explainer

    Objective: A silent video used on TV screen in public transportation, where sound isn't available. Use of big fonts, time to think and clear Call To Action at the end.

  55. 55 HydroPen Explainer

    Objective: An example of an explainer for a startup called HydroPen. They produce a solution to put out fires on ships.

  56. 56 Nexta Explainer

    Objective: An older example of an explainer video made for a marketing startup called Nexta.

About Rued Riis

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I'm an animator, entrepreneur, guitarist, tall blogger and native Copenhagener.

I used to head a small video agency, where we worked professionally with animation video. Instead of producing the old and slow way, we utilized new and improved tools such as Vyond Studio to speed up the process of production. How we created these videos is the primary content of my course 'Go Beyond Vyond'. 

I'm looking forward to teaching you what I know already - and sharing the knowledge I learn along the way.

/Rued Riis

What Our Members Have to Say:

“I just love it! I've studied the basics with zero background knowledge by watching the first part on YouTube, and still, I decided to buy this course, because I enjoyed it so much. The explanations are clear, simple, fast and funny. I finished the course, and it was really as amazing as I thought it would be.” ― Eszter R, Hungary
“Hi Rued. I've just updated the review to five stars. I found it very useful, and I've applied several things from your course to my first animation. Many thanks!” ― Grant R., UK
“I absolutely loved the course that you created. It was so well structured and explained and the funny bits in between were amazing as well. Thank you so much for putting in your time, effort and energy in imparting this knowledge to others, specially the Pro tips- that section was too good. It is not easy to share ideas and ways of working with others specially when you have taken so many years of experience to learn and discover them. But thank you, once more for this brilliant course.” ― Nikita J., Germany
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